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Lived/Active: Arizona/New York      Known for: non objective, geometric, lyrical abstract painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Peter Young is an American painter, primarily known for his abstract paintings that have been widely exhibited in the United States and in Europe since the 1960s. His work is associated with Minimal Art*, Post-minimalism, and Lyrical Abstraction*. Young has participated in more than a hundred group exhibitions and he has had more than forty solo exhibitions in important contemporary art galleries throughout his career. He currently lives in Bisbee, Arizona.

He began his career as an abstract painter in New York City during the mid-1960s. During the 1960s and 1970s his paintings were included in two annual exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Leo Castelli Gallery among several other important venues. In April 1971 his work was discussed at length and appeared on the cover in ArtForum magazine, written by art historian and professor of modern art at Oberlin College, Ellen H. Johnson.

During the summer and early fall of 2007, Young had a major retrospective exhibition of his paintings from the period from 1963 through 1977 at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens and at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in Chelsea in New York City.

1968 : National Endowment for the Arts* Grant
1969 : Theodoran Award, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Museum of Modern Art New York City
Whitney Museum of American Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C.
St. Louis Art Museum
Allen Memorial Art Museum
Blanton Museum of Art
Seattle Art Museum

"Provan, Alexander, "Peter Young: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson." Artforum, April 2013"
"Carrión, Luis, "Peter Young: Capitalist Masterpieces." NRP / Arizona Public Media, March 20, 2013"
Knight, Christopher, "Review: Peter Young's '#15' an 'Emerald City' standout." Los Angeles Times, 2012"
"Empire of Dirt." Continuing Education / Blog, Visual Arts Press, October 2012"
Smith, Roberta, "Peter Young: 'Paintings'." The New York Times, November 2012"
"Kertess, Klaus, "Tribe of One." Peter Young: Paintings 1963 - 1980, 2007"
"Heiss, Alanna, "Peter Young, Outlaw." Peter Young: Paintings 1963 - 1980, 2007"
"Smith, Roberta, "Kandy-Colored Dot-Flake Streamline Maverick." The New York Times, August 2007"
"La Rocco, Ben, "TRACKS: Peter Young: An Unlikely Artist." The Brooklyn Rail, September 2007"
Johnson, Helen H., "Peter Young: A Chronology of the Work." Artforum, 1971.
"Presenting Peter Young." Art in America, September 1969"

"Peter Young (artist)", Wikipedia, // (Accessed 1/28/2014)

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